Special Issue "Topographic Correction of Remotely Sensed Spectral Data"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Heather Reese
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Guest Editor
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Interests: alpine vegetation; classification; topographic normalization; remote sensing; multi-source; multi-scale

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Correction for variable effects due to topography can be an essential step in the analysis of remotely sensed data. In spectral data, illumination differences arise from varying slope, aspect, and solar angles. To correct these differences, several topographic correction approaches exist, including photometric/photometric–empirical, statistical–empirical, sun–canopy–sensor, and physically based models. However, topographic correction of spectral data is not a straightforward process. Newly available data sources can be applied in topographic correction, such as remote sensing-based, high-resolution digital terrain models, and digital surface models collected, as well as high spatial and temporal resolution spectral data.

This Special Issue calls for papers that use new approaches to topographic correction of spectral data, including the development of algorithms or incorporation of novel data sources. The contributions should further the understanding of the effect of topographic correction or provide an evaluation of topographic effects or corrections or improve the quality and use of satellite-based spectral data in areas affected by topography.

Dr. Heather Reese
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Topographic correction
  • Normalization
  • Illumination effects
  • Elevation derivatives
  • Spectral data
  • Digital elevation models (DEMs)
  • Digital terrain models (DTMs)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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